Confessions of a White American

Lynn Thaler

A few years ago, I was curious about my ancestry and I had my DNA tested.  The results, I am:

  • 43% Northern European
  • 36% Mediterranean
  • 19% Southwest Asian
  • 2% East African

If you ever meet me, you will notice the European characteristics are dominate.  My skin is white, but I am not fair skinned.  My eyes are blue.  My hair was blond until I was six or seven years old, then it started to turn brown.

In America, race has always been a hot button issue and it is at the heart of a lot of conflict among our citizens.  Now that I know about my heritage, I am more interested in the conflict and have a greater desire to improve the situation.

Here are my confessions as a white American.

I know some of my ancestors were racist and some were criminals.  I know they fought against civil rights…

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THE LAST BATTLEFIELD

A brilliant analyses of a Star trek TOS episode and race relations in the U.S.

The Time Tunnel

The ORIGINAL “Star Trek” featured an episode, in which, the crew of the Starship ENTERPRISE, while on their continuing mission to “Explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations etc…” encountered two men, one of whom had been chasing the other—an escaped “traitor”—for more than 50,000 years. The source of their strife involved racial segregation and slavery on their, “war-torn”, home planet. The episode first aired in 1969 and was entitled, “LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD”.

Their conflict seemed to arise from the fact that, although nearly identical in physical appearance—both men had “two toned” skin; black on one side, white on the other. However, there was one small—seemingly insignificant—difference between the two. One of them had white skin on the right side of his body and black on the left and the other had black on the right and white on the left. Because…

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